Containment grows for Brooklyn Fire near Sunset Point
CAVE CREEK, Ariz (KSAZ) - The Brooklyn Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest and the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai County.
The fire has burned 32,778 acres, and as of Monday night, it is 75 percent contained, thanks to a rain cell in the area Monday evening.
While there are no current evacuations, there are 50 to 60 structures threatened by this fire, which was caused by lightning.
The fire is located north of Black Canyon City and east of Sunset Point.
Firefighters are concentrated on the area of northeast of Black Canyon City. To the north, the fire is predominately south of the Bloody Basin Road, which is currently closed.
Firefighters are conducting burn out operations east along the Bloody Basin Road and around Copper Creek Administrative site.
Earlier on Saturday, strong gusty winds from thunderstorms challenged firefighting efforts pushing the fire in multiple directions, predominately south. Conditions forced firefighters to move into safer locations and aircraft were grounded safely.
Smoke will affect communities to the south of the fire such as Anthem, New River, Carefree, Cave Creek and North Phoenix.
As a reminder, drones and unmanned aircraft put firefighters in the air and on ground at even higher risk. Keep drones out of firefighting zones.